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Female jogger in tennis shoes

Maybe she’s running a half marathon?

How I Did It

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Sometimes when I am out and about I’ll take a picture knowing that for most photographers it would be a throwaway. For me, it’s just a challenge for Photoshop.

Recently I was at the historic Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego taking train pictures and videos. It was dusk but I refused to go home because I was waiting on the northbound BNSF freight train that leaves San Diego once the last Amtrak southbound from Los Angeles arrives. That’s usually around 8:00 p.m. During the summer, it’s no problem because daylight lasts until 9:30 p.m. During the winter, different story.

I got my BNSF freight train video but it needs some editing work in Corel VideoStudio Pro X6. Either that or a return trip to the Depot during the summer now that I know exactly what time that northbound freight goes through.

As I was waiting on the freight train, though, I was snapping pictures here, there, and everywhere, of anything and everything. Following is a woman out on her evening jog. I loved her pink shoes.

Female jogger in tennis shoes

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After taking a picture of her, I saw a plane fly through. That interested me, so I attempted to get a picture with a plane in it. It took a little while because you never know when a plane is going to arrive. I succeeded, though:

Plane landing on buildings

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Now all I would need is a car, and I would have “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”! (Smile if you know what I’m referring to.)

The original pictures are very dark, so first I brightened them in Photoshop.

After looking at both pictures and seeing how similar they were, I wondered if I could merge them to get the person and plane both in the same picture.

I thought merging would be easier than lifting the plane out of its picture and placing it in the other picture.

Well, look what happened when I had Photoshop merge the two pictures:

Half runner

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I wasn’t really surprised to see the plane disappear since it wasn’t in both pictures, but I definitely was surprised to see what else disappeared. Maybe she’s now running the half marathon?

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Port of San Diego

Industrial pineapple

How I Did It

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The Port of San Diego is a major import location for Dole:

Port of San Diego

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Port of San Diego

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Dole Honduras ship

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Dole shipping containers

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Which reminds me of my wise old grandmother’s pineapple upside-down cake because she used Dole pineapples. That’s neither here nor there, though, but why can’t anyone make a pineapple upside-down cake as good as my wise old grandmother’s?

It’s difficult to get good pictures of operations at the Port of San Diego or the Dole container facility because one has to climb a fence and trespass on the property of the BNSF Railroad, or traipse along a bridge on a very busy Harbor Boulevard. I chose traipsing and, using my 300mm lens, got the above pictures. However, most of my pictures were cruddy since I was dodging cars at the same time I was taking pictures. Here’s one of the cruddy ones:

Dole container facility in San Diego

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I like that cruddy one, though. I like all the trucks, I like the tall light poles, and I like the crane.

Although it’s not worthy of using as a picture, as my wise old grandmother might say, “It’s just the basics to start with.” So I started with it, took it to Photoshop CC, and applied various filters to it to make it a work of art. Following are the ones I liked.

This one uses the Colored Pencil filter. I like it because the crane stands out with its blue base.

Dole trucks using the Colored Pencil filter in Photoshop CC

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This one uses the Fresco filter. I always think of industrial facilities as heavy polluters, and I think the Fresco filter conveys pollution.

Dole trucks using the Fresco filter in Photoshop CC

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The Glowing Edges filter gives a nighttime feeling.

Dole trucks using the Glowing Edges filter in Photoshop CC

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The Neon Glow filter. For some reason I simply like how the filter applied its effects to the lower part of all the trucks.

Dole trucks using the Neon Glow filter in Photoshop CC

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My favorite, the Photocopy filter:

Dole trucks using the Photocopy filter in Photoshop CC

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